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1911-1914 D304 Brunners Bread John Evers - PSA NM 7
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $8,225
Graded NM 7 by PSA. Incredibly crisp, clean, high-grade example of this rare and classic bakery card of Hall of Famer Johnny Evers. The 1911 Brunners Bread is one of Evers' most interesting and distinctive cards. Similar in design to tobacco and candy cards of the era, Brunners Bread cards measure slightly larger than T206s, at 1.75 x 2.5 inches, and are considerably rarer than most 1910-era “E” and “T” card issues. The fronts feature very attractive full-color illustrations, each of which is unique to this issue. In recent years collectors have shown a growing appreciation for the mystique of the rarest vintage card issues. D304s certainly fall into this category, and have always been appreciated but are rarely offered. D304 sets were issued in 1911, 1912, 1913, and 1914. This is an incredibly sharp looking card, with flawlessly brilliant colors, flawless registration, bright and clean, both front and back, beautifully centered, with bright, clean, full borders, and with only the slightest touch of wear (visible only under magnification) to the four strong, square corners. The colors are unimprovable. Evers' unusual full body profile fielding image contrasts sharply against the bright yellow and green background. The back of the card features advertising for Brunners Butter-Krust brand bread and is boldly printed in green. Of special note with reference to condition (and disclosure) is the fact that this card previously resided in a "VG-EX 4" PSA holder. It had been downgraded due to an incredibly small surface wrinkle on the right border. The wrinkle was removed by exerting pressure and the card was resubmitted for grading by the owner, receiving a grade of NM 7. In all fairness, the card looked like a NM 7 previously. We have an enlarged 8 x 10-inch photograph of the card when it was graded VG-EX 4 (included with lot) and even in this giant size we cannot see where the wrinkle was, though we have been told it was there (apparently visible only in person when viewed in bright light at the right angles or under magnification). A strong case can be made that this card was previously graded far too harshly. The removal by pressure of the surface wrinkle was possible without hurting the card in any way only because the wrinkle was so small and minor. We can't even tell you where it was. It is not there. It is important for us to communicate the grading history of the card simply because some collectors might value a card with a wrinkle removed at a lesser level; others would not care in the least. Of one thing we are certain: This is a spectacular card in any holder and the best D304 Evers we have ever seen. Whether valued as the best Vg-Ex card in the world or as a strong Near Mint card, this is an extraordinary and stunning example of one of Evers' most striking cards from this rare prewar food issue. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $3,000+. SOLD FOR $8,225
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